Rasmussen: Voters Favor Business Over Govt Experience

Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 01:24 PM

By Greg McDonald

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A recent Rasmussen Reports poll of likely Republican primary voters finds that most value private sector business experience in their candidates more than government service.
The telephone poll of 1,000 likely GOP primary participants conducted Aug. 15 by Rasmussen found that 92 percent consider time spent in private business “at least somewhat important,” while 52 percent believe it to be “very important” in determining their vote.
On the flip side of the equation, 82 percent of those surveyed said government experience is at least somewhat important in helping them make their final decision, while 40 percent indicated that it’s a very important factor in their voting preference.
The survey could provide some insight in how to approach voters as the presidential campaign progresses for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.
They both have more extensive business experience than the other candidates, and Cain is the only one running in the GOP field who has not served in government.

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